adopted vs adoptive : Common Errors in English

About adopted vs adoptive

Some people seem to think that “adoptive” is just a more fancy word than “adopted” and write about “the adoptive child.” But the two words have different meanings. Parents who do the adopting are adoptive, children are adopted. Don’t call people adopting children “adaptive,” though. Adaptive parents would be parents that could adapt themselves to changing circumstances.When a city, club, or other organization adopts you, it also is adoptive. ="144" height="216" align=center>

adopted Meaning(s)

  • (a) acquired as your own by free choice

adoptive Meaning(s)

  • (a) of parents and children; related by adoption
  • (a) acquired as your own by free choice

adopted in News

  1. Kitten to be adopted after being buried alive

    A kitten that was buried alive earlier this week will be adopted Sunday.
    on June 14, 2013 Source: Jacksonville Journal-Courier

  2. DEARBORN: With budget adopted, council deals with looming major issues

    DEARBORN — When the City Council adopted a balanced budget for the 2013-14 fiscal year May 28, it did so with three major issues on the table.
    on June 14, 2013 Source: Dearborn Press & Guide

  3. Homeless to Hero: Family says adopted dog saved their lives

    By: Alexandra Cowley A Westport Massachusetts mom is crediting her adopted dog with saving her family's life. The 13-year-old chocolate lab was adopted after appearing on ABC 6's "Pick
    on June 12, 2013 Source: ABC 6 Providence

adoptive in News

  1. Kam's Kapsules: For Movies Opening June 14, 2013

    Man of Steel (PG-13 for profanity, sci-fi violence and intense action sequences) Henry Cavill stars as Clark Kent in this reboot of the Superman series about an alien raised from infancy by adoptive parents (Kevin Costner and Diane Lane) in Kansas where, as a young man, he’s called upon to save Earth from extraterrestrial invaders from his home planet, Krypton.
    on June 14, 2013 Source: Skanner

  2. Support Groups

    ADOPTIVE FAMILIES TOGETHER: A group for pre- and post-adoptive families; meets fourth Sun. each month, 7-9 p.
    on June 12, 2013 Source: Lowell Sun

  3. Adopting From Abroad

    An adoptive mother praises the evangelical community’s support of foreign adoptions.
    on June 11, 2013 Source: New York Times

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